6.03.2007

Yay! new blackbelts!

So last week, we got a new bunch of blackbelts. The ceremony and show went well considering we only had half a gym. Apparently, the huge door that divides the gym was broken so they had to perform in one half. This caused a HUGE vein to bulge on Kyoshi's head for most of the day while setting up. But everything went well, M kicked ass on her demo! Congrats to all of them. AND all the black belts who graduated last time (me) got their Shodan certificates. There is a 6month probation period from when you actually get your black belt to when you become "official". Just to ensure that only the dedicated students get their certificates. We have had people get their black belts and then never show up again. Those people kind of get crossed off the list.
I went to a couple classes yesterday, lots of kata and bunkai and power kicks. Kyoshi taught. After that weapons. We reviewed and practiced some basics with the bo, "working the bo" etc. Its always helpful to work on those little things that make it look better and help it to make more sense. I hate it when I KNOW that I don't really know what I'm doing but I'm going thru the motions anyway. For me, its almost impossible to remember any kata unless I know what I'm doing and why. Some people seem to have no problem just going with the flow and looking ok. I feel like I look like I'm faking it and everyone knows it. Just one more bo kata and I can move on to nunchucks. YAY

6 comments:

Becky said...

Congratulations on becoming official! And congrats to M for doing so well. Tell me, did the whiney baby get her black belt? We have someone like that in my dojo, and frankly, the thought of him with a black belt around his waist makes my skin turn inside out.

P.S. The Black Belt Knitters (and Crocheters) webring is up and running. There is a link somewhere on my blog so you can join, if you are interested.

Silverstar said...

Congrats to you and the new blackbelts and looking forward to reading about your experiences with the nunchucks.:)

Windsornot said...

Coolness! I'm almost where you are for that. The next rank I get in about a week and a half is "1BR" or 1st degree black belt recommended. I've been told that technically, you ARE a black belt, but I guess it's similar in that you are not official until you are deemed a "1BD" or 1st degree black belt DECIDED. And for us, that means that while you are a black belt recommended, you are still considered a color belt for a few more months, so when you test for your 1BD after about 4-5 month and actually get your literal black belt in hand, THEN you are an official black belt. Guess I'm not TOO far behind! Bo katas are fun. I know some basics, but would love to learn more. Unfortunately for me, I do have to work on numchakas for this graduation (doubles) and singles drill for the following one, then bahng-mah-ee (short stick) for promotion. Bleeh!

Steve said...

Congrats to all of the new black belts. I can't imagine sticking with it long enough to get the black belt, but then not come back to get the certificate.

supergroup7 said...

Yes.. it's pretty strange to walk away without the certificate. If all one wants is a black belt, they can get that from any martial arts store.

Jen said...

Congrat's on your new Belt!! That's great!